Weekend Wandering 4.23.16

railroad tracks
Wandering along the railroad tracks in Santa, Idaho.

Enjoy some of our recent internet wanderings.

To Foster and Adoptive Parents: Reframing Your Season of Struggle from Jason Johnson Blog

Your brokenness isn’t a sign of failure; it’s an outcome of faithfulness. Jesus knows exactly how that feels. Your struggle isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s an expression of faithfulness. It shows you care, even when it’s hard. And your exhaustion isn’t a sign of frailty; it’s an embodiment of faithfulness. It’s means you’re giving all so a child can gain much – and that is remarkable.

Living an Others-Oriented Life from Mark Dever at Crossway

Being a disciple of Jesus means orienting our lives toward others, just as Jesus did. It means laboring for the sake of others. This love for others is at the heart of discipling. We set our sights on serving others for Christ’s sake, just as Christ came into the world not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

The Truth About Hospitality from Nicole at The Art of Simple

I recently came across a phrase in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that I’d never noticed before, where he makes a plea to his Greek friends– friends he and his coworkers had put their whole hearts into teaching and loving. He says to them: “Make room in your hearts for us.” And I just fell in love with this idea of making room.

The Big Mad from our very own Jennifer at Her View from Home

I think you are so, so mad that I am your mom. Is that it?” He started sobbing and nodding his head yes. I had found it – the big mad.  He is so, so mad that I am his mom.

The One Thing You Should Never Say to a Grieving Mom by Lisa (yep, me) at Rage Against the Minivan

Cards with the phrase, “I’m so sorry for your loss,” are lovely and show that you care. Some of my favorite cards were the ones that said, “There are just no words…,” or “I don’t even know what to say….” The truth is, there were no words, and even I didn’t know what to say.

That’s all from us this week. Jennifer is spending the weekend catching her breath  at the end of a foster placement, while also preparing for the arrival of two more little ones next week. Lisa is speaking with some of her big kids at the Spokane Orphan Summit on Saturday while Russ manages opening day of baseball with Ebenezer and Wogauyu.

Hopefully we’ll all find a bit of sabbath rest on Sunday.

What does your weekend hold? We hope there is room for connecting with the ones you love.

Lisa and Jennifer


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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